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Photos: A rare specimen from the age of dinosaurs

The 99 million-year-old tail has quite the tale to tell.

Alabama inmate coughs, heaves, during execution by injection

Thirteen minutes into his execution by injection, an Alabama inmate heaved and coughed and appeared to move during tests meant to determine consciousness.

Telltale tail shows dinosaur feathers in ‘exquisite detail’

This was not the first time that paleontologists examined feathers trapped in Cretaceous amber.

Oakland warehouse missing from fire-inspection records, AP says

The fire department and Mayor Libby Schaaf each said Thursday they could not yet say when — or if — a fire inspector examined the warehouse.

Trump’s war on citizens via Twitter

This is what happens when Trump targets a private citizen who publicly challenges him.

Trump meets with Ohio State victims, taking on somber duty

In the midst of his Cabinet deliberations, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Ohio Thursday to meet with victims and families after the latest US outbreak of violence, a somber duty that became all too familiar to his predecessor.

Attorney: Dylann Roof’s mom had heart attack during trial

Dylann Roof’s mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack, the white man’s attorney said in court documents Thursday.

US life expectancy shortens for first time in decades

Nationwide life expectancy in the US fell in 2015, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Major survey of transgender Americans finds pervasive bias

The largest-ever survey of transgender Americans paints a grim picture of pervasive discrimination and harassment, to the point that many of them attempt suicide at some point.

Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp

For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it’s time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter.

More people died from opioids than gun homicides in 2015

Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history.

That thing with feathers trapped in amber? It was a dinosaur tail

In 2015, a paleontologist made a remarkable find: Trapped in 99-million-year-old amber was the feathered tail of a dinosaur.

Use of e-cigarettes by young people is major concern, surgeon general declares

Soaring use of e-cigarettes among young people “is now a major public health concern,” according to a report published Thursday from the US surgeon general.

Senate passes annual defense policy bill

The legislation, directing funding toward Pentagon programs and military operations, was approved on a 92 to 7 vote.

California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery

Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

Clinton: ‘This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to give’

At an event honoring Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton joked about spending several weeks in the woods taking selfies.

‘Space hero’: A look at the Globe’s front page after John Glenn’s historic flight

The front page of the Boston Globe proclaimed John Glenn a “space hero” the day after he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Many salute John Glenn, astronaut and senator, after his death

“Though he soared deep into space and to the heights of Capitol Hill, his heart never strayed from his steadfast Ohio roots,” John Kasich said.

Photos: Remembering John Glenn

John Glenn was twice an astronaut, four times elected to the Senate, once a presidential candidate, and 149 times a combat bomber pilot.

Tsunami watch for Hawaii canceled after quake strikes off Solomon Islands

US officials initially reported an earthquake of 7.7 magnitude that struck near the Solomon Islands.

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits off California

No damange or injuries were reported in the quake, which struck 100 miles west of Ferndale, Calif.

Suspect in Georgia officer shootings confirmed dead, police say

A man suspected of fatally shooting a Georgia police officer and wounding another is dead apparently killed himself while hiding in a home.

US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

Overall, life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015, according to the latest data.

The giraffe is now at risk of extinction

Because the giraffe population has shrunk 40 percent in 30 years, scientists put it on the watch list of threatened and endangered species.

Report: LGBT students still face discrimination at school

A report from an international human rights organization concludes many public schools are still hostile environments for LGBT students.

Ships, jets, giant crowd mark Pearl Harbor anniversary event

Thousands gathered on a pier overlooking Pearl Harbor, observed a moment of silence and watched jets streak across the clear blue sky Wednesday in honor of the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II.

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

Texas could be the epicenter for the nation’s next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America’s second-largest state.

Official: Fire at warehouse trapped people on second floor

The fire that killed 36 people during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse grew rapidly and was raging by the time people on the second floor of the building detected it, trapping them upstairs, investigators said.

The 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Thousands gathered in Hawaii Wednesday, 75 years after the attack that drew the United States into World War II.

S.C. church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

Felicia Sanders, the first witness in Roof’s death penalty trial, fought back tears as she recalled June 17, 2015.

Pipeline protesters forced from camps by blizzard, deadly temperatures

The evacuation of the Oceti Sakowin Camp came after a momentous and at times chaotic weekend for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other anti-pipeline activists.

Military targets inconsistent handling of misconduct cases

Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct.

What it’s like to apply for a job in Trump’s White House

During their interviews, the president-elect was direct and conversational, displaying none of the bluster of the campaign trail or arrogance of “The Apprentice.’’

An Obamacare ‘delay’ plan could backfire

The result on the books might look like the status quo, but millions of Americans could lose their insurance and others could pay much higher prices to keep their coverage.

President Obama on the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act

The White House on Wednesday released the following statement from President Barack Obama on the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Woman charged with making death threats to parent of Sandy Hook victim

The woman allegedly made the threats because she thought the Sandy Hook attack was a hoax.

Driver in fatal Baltimore bus crash was speeding, NTSB rules

The driver of a school bus was going nearly twice the speed limit when he struck a Mustang and then a commuter bus.

Hundreds protest white nationalist’s speech at Texas A&M

Hundreds of people protested a white nationalist’s speaking engagement at the Texas A&M University campus.

The Boston Daily Globe front page from Dec. 8, 1941

The front page of the Globe’s morning edition on Dec. 8, 1941, was dominated by coverage of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Official: Refrigerator potential source of deadly fire

Investigators said Tuesday a warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people did not appear to have been set intentionally and may have been caused by a refrigerator or other electrical appliance.

Democrats relish battle with GOP over Medicare

Democratic lawmakers see a fight over the popular entitlement program for the elderly as an opportunity.

Court filing: In Army’s eyes, Chelsea Manning still a man

NEW YORK — A military prison psychologist has declined to recommend that Chelsea Manning’s gender be changed to female in her Army service record, complicating the transgender soldier’s quest to wear a feminine hairstyle at the men’s prison where she is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified information, according to a court document.

Swarming crazy ants with a penchant for destroying electronics are on the move in Texas

WASHINGTON —An ant species that is fond of wall sockets, cellphones, and television sets is slowly spreading across Texas and is poised to spread across the South.

Man shoves Muslim New York City transit worker down stairs, shouting ‘You’re a terrorist’

The New York City Transit employee was on her way to work Monday, wearing her uniform and hijab, when a man pushed her on the stairs, injuring her ankle and knee, police said.

Trump interjects himself in Air Force One, business deals

President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company’s commitment to invest billions in the U.S.

President Obama defends counterterrorism plan

Closing out two terms as a president at war, Obama said his strategy kept the nation safe while preserving its ideals.

For the record

Daily print correction for the newspaper.

Climate change will bring more intense storms, study says

Intense precipitation will most likely increase across the continental United States, with important regional variations, a study said.

Trump sold all of his stocks in June, spokesman says

President-elect Donald Trump sold all of his shares in companies in June, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Obama says his strategy is ‘breaking the back’ of extremists

President Obama said the fight he’s led against the Islamic State group has been relentless, sustainable, and multilateral.